Hit-and-run accidents are taken very seriously by authorities in Tennessee and across the county. When accidents occur, there are consequences for victims involved as well as individuals whose negligent actions may have contributed to a crash. It is certainly upsetting for victims to learn that negligent drivers do not remain at the scene of a crash, but most find assurance with authorities' diligence to locate hit-and-run drivers. Sadly, one family is faced with unanswered questions, following the death of their loved one who suffered a fatal personal injury in a hit-and-run crash.
Authorities became aware of a crash in the late evening. Once at the scene, they found a 66-year-old bicycle rider who had suffered a serious injury following a crash. The vehicle that crashed into the man was not at the scene of the crash.
Authorities believe that the man was struck by a van. There was no evidence that the man was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Sadly, the man's injuries were severe and he was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Authorities are investigating and asking the community to alert them about any knowledge they may have about the accident.
Fortunately, many hit-and-run drivers are located. Families may find comfort in the knowledge that negligent drivers may face criminal charges as well as civil charges. Families may wish to speak with a Tennessee personal injury attorney about the option to file a wrongful death lawsuit if and when negligent drivers are located. Civil lawsuits may help the family find answers as well as assist with seeking compensation from negligent parties.